Embiid declares for 2014 NBA Draft

Embiid declares for 2014 NBA Draft
April 9, 2014, 4:30 pm
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One by one, the 2014 NBA Draft class is coming into focus.

On Wednesday, Kansas center Joel Embiid declared that he would indeed enter this year's NBA Draft. That comes on the heels of teammates Andrew Wiggins also announcing his entering this year's draft.

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart declared recently as well.

It is expected that top prospects Dante Exum, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle all will do the same.

The Celtics currently hold the fourth-worst record in the NBA, giving them a 37.8-percent chance at a top 3 pick as well as an 11.9-percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick.

For every player that declares, the C's draft pick becomes that much more valuable.

Embiid is a player that many scouts and GMs had near or at the top of their draft board prior to the back injury that sidelined him for the end of the Jayhawks' season and throughout their short NCAA tournament.

The injury has made his stock take a hit, giving him a greater chance - at least at the moment - of being there when the Celtics make their pick.

The C's are currently without a true center, and you know that head coach Brad Stevens would love to get his hands on a shot-blocking defensive center, especially one that he can mold at a young age.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge has also been known to gamble on picks. Just two drafts ago he took Jared Sullinger with the 21st pick in the draft, despite the fact his stock dropped like a rock due to red flags concerning his back.

Sullinger went on to have back surgery in his rookie season, but appears to have made a full recovery from it this season, as he's put up an impressive 13.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, including multiple double-double nights.

With plenty of time between now and the NBA Draft, including workouts, Embiid's stock could shoot back up, or fall even more. But you can bet Ainge and co. will have all the information they need about him leading up to the draft.